GRAHAM: I will support whatever is required for the troops in Iraq. I will not support a dime for the profits of Halliburton. We have two clear issues: one, support of the troops. I believe that should be done by eliminating the tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans and using that to pay the cost of occupation of Iraq.
GRAHAM: I will support whatever is required to protect our brave men and women in Iraq. I will not support a dime to protect the profits of Halliburton in Iraq. If you notice what the president said on Sunday night, he said that he would agree to an internationalization of the military in Iraq, but when he talked about an internationalization of the economic and political decisions in Iraq, all he said is, "We want to turn it over to the Iraqis as fast as possible." That is the latest example of the blank-check mentality of this president.
Let me read to you what the resolution was that Congressman Kucinich and I voted against. The president's resolution said, "The president is authorized to use the armed forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate." Those who voted for that gave the president a blank check. We cannot trust this president with a blank check.
GRAHAM: Yes. I have been a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee for 10 years, chairman the last two years during the investigation into 9/11. The president knew, or should have known, that the materials that he alleged were going to be used to rebuild Iraq's nuclear weaponry [were not]. The president knew or should have known that there was no relationship between 9/11, there was no relationship between "Osama bin forgotten" and Saddam Hussein. The president also abandoned the war on terror in the spring of 2001 by moving military and intelligence resources out of Afghanistan to begin the war on Iraq. I believe that the war in Iraq has been a distraction from winning the war on terror in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Syria and the other places where it's yet to be fought. That's why I voted against the resolution.
GRAHAM: Well, I will vote to do whatever is necessary to protect our troops. I will not vote in order to avoid the economic and political internationalization of the occupation of Iraq and therefore to protect the profits of those friends of the president who have been getting no bid, no competitive contracts to rebuild Iraq.
Q: We all know we want to protect the troops. So if you don't hear what you are suggesting from the president, you are indeed willing to say no.
GRAHAM: I am not willing to say no for the amount of money that's necessary to protect our troops. I am ready to say, "No, hell, no," to providing money that is designed to protect profits, not our uniformed men and women.
GRAHAM: Yes. I believe that we have courageous men and women on the ground who are putting their lives at risk. We have an obligation to support those troops. The president has an obligation to speak candidly to the American people, to answer the questions that have not been answered such as:
What will we do about those countries that pretend to be our friends, who in fact have been our enemies in the war on terrorism?
What is our exit strategy? How will we leave Iraq?
And finally, who is going to pay this $60 billion to $80 billion? Are we going to ask our children to pay for this by adding to an already staggering national debt?
A: I opposed and voted against authorizing the US to go to war with Iraq because I simply felt it was a distraction from the real threats facing this country and it only enhanced the hatred of Americ
A: One of the centerpieces of my campaign is holding Bush responsible for keeping Americans in the dark throughout his administration. I will continue to push my case to find out the truth on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I have taken the lead in criticizing Bush for his failure to release to the public the report on the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Bush has instead decided to engage in a cover-up of this
And the president is now attempting to cover up the facts. Just as you are being asked to be held accountable in your work, the Oval Office should also be accountable for its.
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